New night markets to be launched in Sheffield

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FROM Shanghai to Sheffield - a new series of night markets will bring a touch of the east to city shoppers from next month.

The first event will be held on Wednesday, February 8, from 8am until 9pm.

Co-organiser James Peterson of JC Market Events said his plan to hold a monthly event in Barker’s Pool had been inspired by four years of living in China.

“Night markets are a way of life over there so when I came back it seemed a good idea to hold a similar event in my home city,” he said.

“Here too many shops and markets still all shut at 5pm or so, so when I made an application to the council, they said fine.”

The market is expected to feature around 50 stalls with the emphasis on local arts, crafts and produce.

“The concept is that everything sold there will have been made or manufactured by a Sheffield person,” James said.

“We want to provide space for small Sheffield businesses who will be able to showcase their products in a prime location and on an evening which is already established for late night shopping.”

Stalls already signed up include those selling ice cream, chocolate and biscuits.

Students from Norton College are also set to have a stall featuring their own business ideas.

Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, said: “We are committed to working with businesses to encourage job creation and growth. The night market should be a great addition to the city centre.”

If successful the market will run throughout the year on the second Wednesday of each month.

Helen added: “We work extremely hard to animate the city centre all year round and provide visitors with an enjoyable experience.

“Footfall has increased year on year and significant regeneration has created fantastic public spaces that act as backdrops to many of our events.

“As a council, we want to work with businesses to help them thrive. City centre events are a key part of that.”